Sept. 5: Slam Allen w/ Mississippi Gumbo


8:00 PM (Doors at 7:30 PM)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.

For over 20 years, Slam Allen has been entertaining audiences with his unique blend of soul and blues. Playing the famous Chitlin' Circuit as well as performing around the world, Allen's music and enthusiasm has been shared with thousands of people.

For the past eight years he has played an important role, as the lead singer and guitarist, in the legendary James Cotton Band. "It's one of the highlights and privileges of my life to play with Cotton" says Allen, "He is one of the last living legends, and there's so much history there.

Cotton was directly connected to Muddy Waters -- who was a major factor in the blues world as well as being one of my all time favorites. Playing with Cotton is such a great experience for me and there are things you can learn from him that you can't learn from any school. It's a great honor."




Music is in Allen's blood -- he got his start from his father and uncles who were known as the Allen Brothers Band. Allen carries on the family legacy wherever he goes. His music runs deep. "When I play," says Allen, "People who may have never heard of me leave the show with a feeling that we're old friends or family."

From B.B. King to Otis Redding, Slam has a way of making you feel the Soul of the Music. It's often difficult to tell if he's doing one of his originals or an old blues or soul cover. Regardless, he makes all the music his own.

Opening for Slam will be Mississippi Gumbo, a collaborative project of vocalist Carly Harvey and pianist Mark Deffenbaugh to explore the history and music of Jelly Roll Morton and Bessie Smith.

2015 Shows

Sept 5: Slam Allen 
w/ Mississippi Gumbo
8 pm @ UUCA
Tickets

Sept. 13:  The Show Ponies
w/ Ted Garber
7:30 pm @ Bikenetic
RSVP: stoneroomconcerts@gmail.com

Sept. 18:  Nick Jaina
8 pm @ One More Page Books
Arlington

Sept. 19: Ayreheart
8 pm @ UUCA
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Sept. 26:  Pirates Canoe (from Kyoto, Japan)
w/ Savannah Valentino
8 pm Stone Room House Concert
RSVP: stoneroomconcerts@gmail.com

Sept. 27:  Seth Glier
w/ Lea
8 pm @ UUCA
Tickets

Oct. 1:  David Berkeley 
w/ Rachel Ries
8 pm @ Falls Church Episcopal
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Oct. 4: Woody Russell
7:30 pm @ Bikenetic
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Oct. 17: Mouths of Babes
Benefit Concert for Americans United 
for Separation of Church & State
8 pm @ UUCA
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October 24:  Uptown Boys Choir /
 Natalie York
8 pm Stone Room House Concert
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October 25:  Barnaby Bright
7:30 pm @ Bikenetic
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Nov. 7: Max Hatt / Edda Glass
8 pm Stone Room House Concert
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Nov. 15: Molly Tuttle & John Mailander
7:30 pm @ Bikenetic
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Nov. 21:  Natalia Zukerman / Caleb Hawley
8 pm @ UUCA
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Dec. 5:  A Catie Curtis Christmas
8 pm @ UUCA

August 30: Quiles & Cloud w/ Avery Hill

@ The Falls Church Episcopal
115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church
7:30 pm (doors at 7:00 pm)
Tickets

“Quiles & Cloud create songs that are scenes of life sung in soft spoken harmonies. Somewhere between Nora Jones, Iron & Wine, and The Civil Wars. Their music takes you on a journey haunted with memories.” – Cookie Marenco, Grammy Nominated Producer

San Francisco-based Quiles and Cloud weave together modern folk songs with a symphonic elegance. In 2014, they were winners of the FreshGrass Duo Award, earned for their rope-like harmonies and spidery guitar work. For fans of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, this will be a treat.

Since 2012, Quiles & Cloud have performed hundreds of shows, traveled thousands of miles and and continue to push their limits as performers and modern songwriters.

Audience members around the country are consistently taken with the group’s powerful connection to the songs and each other on stage. Tight harmonies, lush arrangements and compelling stories all wrapped in one, engaging experience from start to finish.



In 2015 Quiles & Cloud will be releasing a brand new recording produced by Grammy-winning banjoist Alison Brown in Nashville, TN.

“This emerging singer-songwriter has a memorable, lilting voice and is already penning songs that could someday be classics. She is an extraordinary young talent." - Tom May, River City Folk

Opening will be Avery Hill from Portland, Oregon. Family legend has it you could hear Avery Hill singing before she even came out. Since then, she has taken a winding road toward her present work in music, all the while developing her singular style of storytelling and songwriting by integrating stories of the past into her observations of life today.

All credit for Avery’s musical studies goes to an unlikely team of divorced parents: her father, who made her first mix tape when she was ten years old and took her on yearly pilgrimages to the various folk festivals of New England; and her mother, who diligently shlepped and paid for every music lesson and instrument from third grade through high school graduation. 

Avery grew up to a soundtrack of mid-20th century folk and pop music, including The Beach Boys, Judy Collins, Stan Rogers, and everyone in between. When she discovered the folk voices of her own era, she created her own soundtrack of Dar Williams, Anais Mitchell, Girlyman, and Gillian Welch, among others. All of these influences come through in the way she partners her musical compositions with honest and image-based lyrics. As Portland, Oregon event producer Matt Miner suggests: “Think millennial Joni Mitchell with an old soul.”